Player Threatens to Sue After Dragon's Call Dev Censors the Word “Gay”

"Gay Pride Week" at Dragon's Call

With New York City’s Gay Pride Week coming up so soon (June 19-27), it seems somewhat ironic that a game would get itself in trouble for discriminating against gay players. User “Gothix,” a Dragon’s Call player, created quite a fuss a few days ago upon learning that the word “gay” was filtered in the game’s World Chat. “Haze,” a player volunteer, (called a Game Helper, of GH), muted Gothix after he repeatedly bypassed the filter, and the issue escalated to span the Dragon’s Call forum and an outer game forum called Kongragate.

Things got ugly fast, as Gothix threatened to take legal action against Dragon’s Call if things didn’t change. Fortunately, the issue was resolved, and the word became unfiltered.

World of Warcraft‘s Blizzard Entertainment met with legal resistance for a similar issue a few years ago.

Dragon’s Call originally defended it’s position by insisting that the word was filtered to prevent users from using the word in an offensive manner. There are a variety of words that are censored for the same reason, and Dragon’s Call likely filtered the word to make censorship easier. At the same time, blocking the it from conversation altogether, especially when one considers that the word is used as a form of sexual identity, seems too drastic (and lazy) a method to use to prevent the word from being abused.

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Megabus planning drive into Germany and Italy

The Herald April 17, 2012 | Tim Sharp PERTH-based Stagecoach is planning to use its new cross-channel coach service as a bridgehead into the continental market, as it eyes potential opportunities thrown up by deregulation of services in countries including Germany and Italy.

Stagecoach’s Megabus brand started running services from London to France, Belgium and the Netherlands yesterday with tickets priced from pound(s)1.

Chief executive Sir Brian Souter said: “It is a toe in the water for us.” Stagecoach launched Megabus in Scotland in 2003 and expanded the brand into the US in 2006. go to website megabus promotion code

Sir Brian estimates it is still seeing 40% to 50% growth on the other side of the Atlantic, but Europe, he acknowledges, is “a more difficult market” due to state control of services, which has made it impossible for outside companies to compete on most coach routes. Yet there are signs that long-awaited deregulation is occurring.

“That is one of the reasons we are looking at this,” he said.

Sir Brian is particularly enthusiastic about the “enormous” German market and that of Italy. He also suggested that Poland could be of interest and talked of opportunities in the Low Countries.

Sir Brian is more sceptical about the speed of change in other markets. “The French are huffing and puffing,” he said. in our site megabus promotion code

International routes are deregulated, allowing Stagecoach to build awareness of its Megabus brand ahead of domestic market reform.

The coaches on the cross-channel routes launched by Megabus this week offer services including free wi-fi.

Stagecoach also has plans to put specially designed sleeper coaches onto the routes within the next year.

Sir Brian said: “For too long, people in many parts of Europe have been paying too much for their coach travel. These services will deliver a long-overdue shake-up to the over-priced European coach travel market.” Megabus carries around five million passengers in the UK every year.

Sir Brian denied that Stagecoach is seeking to compete with Eurostar rail services on cross-channel routes. Instead, he drew an analogy with the budget airlines, which he said grew the market for travel rather than taking business off the established operators.

Tim Sharp